Congratulations, President-Elect Obama
This blog knows no partisan affiliations, and judges political candidates on a single-issue litmus test: How effectively will they stand up to neo-Soviet Russia on behalf of the United States and the values of freedom and democracy for which it stands. Based on that test, our selection in the U.S. presidential race was a no-brainer: John McCain was right on Russia from the beginning, long before the invasion of Georgia made it hot worldwide news, long before this presidential campaign even began. He set out a specific series of steps he would take to deal with Russian aggression, starting with ejecting it from the G-8. Before he started running for president, Barack Obama barely even knew Russia existed. Obama’s mealy-mouthed rhetoric about the threat posed by Russia was simply embarrassing. Therefore, we endorsed McCain.
But we congratulate Barack Obama on his electoral victory on Tuesday, and we are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. We hope and pray we’ll be proved to have been wrong about Obama, and we’d be only too thrilled if that were to occur.
And there is evidence that such a thing is possible.
Writing in the Moscow Times a few weeks ago, the pathologically evil Russophile madman Edward Lozansky (whom we have repeatedly exposed and discredited right here on this blog) stated that if Obama wins “when it comes to U.S.–Russian relations, one should not expect any drastic changes for the better unless Obama overhauls his foreign policy team. The current lineup comprising official and self-proclaimed advisers on Russia is as bad as McCain’s and in some cases even worse, starting with former U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke.”
Lozansky continues, oozing bile:
Obama’s running mate, Senator Joseph Biden, is not much better on Russia than Palin. Besides lobbying in the middle of a huge financial crisis for $1 billion for his good friend President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia, Biden is known for blocking the lifting of the Jackson-Vanik amendment unless Moscow guarantees large purchases of U.S. chicken. This outdated obstacle to trade engenders resentment in Russia, blocks its admission to the World Trade Organization, and harms U.S.-Russian economic and diplomatic ties.
If a piece of Russophile garbage like Lozansky hates Obama that much, how bad could Obama really be after all?
And then there’s this: Obama is black, and Russia despises dark-skinned people. Suppose that sooner or later this fact dawns on Obama, and he’s offended? If Obama believes even half the left-wing manifesto he’s been spouting his whole life, he’ll have no alternative but to carry cold war battle to Russia’s shores just like Bill Clinton did in Yugoslavia.
And there’s more: Obama is a liberal, but he’s vulnerable on a wide range of personal issues to attack from the Republican right. He needs to take a certain number of very tough stands on foreign policy in order to placate the right and advance his liberal agenda. And too, Obama will have a natural impulse to prove his toughness and resoluteness since his resume is so threadbare in terms of foreign policy experience. Russia is absolutely made to order for such an effort.
Put these three factors together, and it’s entirely possible that an Obama adminstration will end up being tougher on Russia than McCain would have been. We endorsed McCain because a bird in the hand is worth two Baracks in the bush, but that doesn’t mean we don’t see the possibilty that an Obama presidency could turn out to be Vladimir Putin’s very worst nightmare. In fact, the very best thing Obama could do in regard to Russia would be to name as his ambassador to the KGB regime the one man in the world most likely to emphatically defend the basic values of liberalism that Obama supposedly stands for. And that man is . . . Republican John McCain.
And there are other benefits to having Obama as president. His mere presence totally undercuts the argument of America’s foes that somehow America is a rogue right wing nation of racist imperialists. Obama is a person that the KGB filth occupying the Kremlin cannot possibly ever hope to understand, and that’s got to make them nervous. A nervous and confused KGB is a weak and vulnerable KGB.
Having said all that, however, if you’d like to know why we prefer to have Republicans in charge of American Russia policy than Democrats, just read the totally outrageous statements made by Democrat Congressman Jerrold Nadler of New York, as documented on the Weekly Standard and brought to our attention by our esteemed commenter “Kolchak.” Then read Vladimir Zhirinovsky’s endorsement of Obama as documented on the Ukrainiana blog.
Then, you will understand everything.